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Archive for January, 2012

ILL Requests on DOCLINE-L

NLM’s DOCLINE Customer Service staff has noticed a growing number of ILL requests being posted to DOCLINE-L. According to DOCLINE-L guidelines, the list is intended for communication about DOCLINE and matters relating to its use. ILL requests should not be posted to DOCLINE-L. With over 1,400 subscribers, DOCLINE-L is a powerful communication tool for the DOCLINE community. By keeping list traffic within scope, subscribers will receive focused and relevant messages.

To more easily fill troublesome requests, possible strategies include increasing the number of libraries that DOCLINE will automatically consider for routing, by selecting all routing options (Resource Libraries, NLM, All Other Libraries), and selecting additional alternate delivery methods. Another approach is to search Serial Holdings to identify a library owning the specific title, volume or year, and choose your desired search filters (e.g., Not My Routing Table, Electronic Journal, etc.). The online Help manual and FAQs linked from within DOCLINE provide detailed information about routing, borrowing, and searching serial holdings. We are also happy to help with strategies for requesting challenging citations, and getting the most out of DOCLINE. Within DOCLINE, click the “Contact Us” link and then select “Contact Your RML.”

After exhausting your interlibrary loan options in DOCLINE, please use other sources or post your ILL request to MEDLIB-L, which permits these messages in emergencies or to titles unavailable through regular interlibrary loan networks. Please refer to the MEDLIB-L guidelines for posting messages to ensure the best response to your posting.

Privacy and Security Mobile Device Good Practices Project Launched

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), Office of the Chief Privacy Officer (OCPO), recently launched a Privacy & Security Mobile Device project, in conjunction with the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR). The project goal is to develop an effective and practical way to bring awareness and understanding to those in the clinical sector to help them better secure and protect health information while using mobile devices (e.g., laptops, tablets, and smartphones). Building on the existing HHS HIPAA Security Rule – Remote Use Guidance, the project is designed to identify privacy and security good practices for mobile devices. Identified good practices and use cases will be communicated in plain, practical, and easy to understand language for health care providers, professionals, and other entities.

HHS will be looking for input. There will be a public roundtable event in Spring 2012. Information about other HHS mHealth activities is available on the mHealth Initiative web site.

TOXMAP and TOXNET now include 2010 EPA Toxics Release Inventory data (TRI)

The National Library of Medicine’s (NLM) TOXMAP and TOXNET TRI now include the 2010 Toxics Release Inventory data (TRI), the most current Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) data available. TOXMAP contains 20,587 facilities that reported to the EPA TRI program in 2010, with 78,423 chemical submissions. A complete list of TRI chemicals required to be reported to the EPA is also available on the web site.

TOXMAP maps the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) chemicals reported to the EPA, as required by the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA). TOXMAP covers on-site TRI releases only and also includes EPA Superfund data. TRI contains information on the annual estimated releases of toxic chemicals to the environment and is based on data collected by the EPA. Mandated by the Pollution Prevention Act, TOXNET TRI data covers air, water, land, and underground injection releases, as well as transfers to waste sites, and waste treatment methods and efficiency, as reported by certain industrial facilities around the United States. TRI also includes data related to source reduction and recycling.

The NLM National Training Center needs your input!

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) National Training Center (NTC) is creating web based, self-paced tutorials related to the PubMed®, TOXNET®, and NCBI databases. Your input is needed regarding topics, length, and format of these tutorials! Please visit this survey to complete a short (10-15 minutes) questionnaire by close of business on Friday, February 17, 2012. The first 50 people to do so will receive a $10 gift certificate!

Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Seeks Input

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) has just released for public comment a first draft of its National Priorities for Research and Research Agenda, which will be used to guide funding announcements for comparative clinical effectiveness research, that will give patients and those who care for them the ability to make better-informed health decisions. The public comment period will remain open until 11:59 p.m. EST on March 15, 2012. PCORI encourages individuals to provide comments through its website, but will also accept input by mail. Responses received through the website will be displayed for public viewing. Feedback will be used to revise the priorities and agenda before a final version of each is adopted by PCORI’s Board of Governors.

The draft National Priorities for Research identifies five areas where comparative effectiveness research is needed to support decision-making; including assessment of options for prevention, diagnosis, and treatment; improving health care systems; communication and dissemination research; addressing disparities; and accelerating patient-centered outcomes research and methodological research. These areas encompass the patient-centered research that PCORI intends to fund and are inclusive of all diseases and health conditions. PCORI’s draft Research Agenda outlines more specific areas of research for each of the five priorities. PCORI will conduct additional forums to obtain and incorporate more public feedback on the draft national priorities for research and research agenda. These outreach efforts will include focus groups; involving patients, caregivers and clinicians, as well as a National Patient and Stakeholder Dialogue on February 27, 2012, at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. The forum will be webcast and individuals will be able to participate remotely through a teleconference, with prior registration. PCORI will issue its first funding announcements in May, 2012.

eScience and the Evolution of Library Services e-Symposium

E-Science is a very timely subject for libraries. PSR, with the University of California Davis, hosted an E-Science Day in December, 2011. Here is another offering to consider attending:

You are invited to join the faculty and staff of the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library for the Priscilla M. Mayden Lecture on Wednesday, February 22 at 1:00 p.m. MT in the Eccles Institute of Human Genetics Auditorium or via the program link for viewing from a distance. The lecture and broadcast are offered free of charge, and prior registration is not required.

Image of Bart RagonThis year’s Mayden lecturer is Bart Ragon, Associate Director for Library Technology Services and Development. Mr. Ragon’s lecture focuses on eScience and the Evolution of Library Services. Not just for librarians, eScience/eResearch potentially impacts faculty, staff and student access to the data, tools and resources needed to collaborate, share and move science forward.

Mr. Ragon’s topic description: ‘Science is changing and changing fast. Concepts like the data life cycle, data curation, translational science, high performance computing, and data sharing are having an impact on how science is conducted. At the same time, libraries are adjusting services to meet the needs of highly networked and technically savvy patron groups. eScience is a term that describes the dynamic re-shaping of collaboration and workflows in science and creating unique and important opportunities for librarianship. This presentation explores potential roles for librarians in eScience, how new collaborations might form, and the role of the libraries in the data life cycle.”

A conversation break with light refreshments is scheduled from 2:00-2:30 in the EIHG atrium. At 2:30 MT a Meet the Experts panel convenes to further define and discuss issues related to eScience and eResearch. Panelists include:

  • Bill Barnett, Ph.D.,
  • Steve Corbató, Ph.D.,
  • Donald McClain, M.D., Ph.D.,
  • Daureen Nesdill, M.L.I.S.
  • Ellie Phillipo
  • Bart Ragon – moderator

(link to presenter bios)

The program link will be available on the Mayden Lecture page for viewing from a distance. The broadcast will be archived for on-demand viewing.

For more information contact Jeanne Le Ber; 801-585-6744.

Registration Available for the 2012 National Health Promotion Summit

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) and the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research (APTR) are hosting the 2012 National Health Promotion Summit: Prevention. Promotion. Progress., April 10-11, 2012, in Washington, DC. With this Summit, HHS will highlight the vast number of disease prevention and health promotion efforts that are working to improve the health of all Americans. The Summit provides an opportunity to showcase contributions in order to share ideas, learn from others, generate momentum, and celebrate the many new opportunities during this unprecedented time. The goals of the Summit include promoting the development of disease prevention and health promotion policies that align with national prevention initiatives; encouraging stakeholders at every level to collaborate on reaching national health goals; and integrating health policies across all sectors.

Midday at the Oasis Update!

Midday at the Oasis is held monthly on the third Wednesday of the month at 1 pm Pacific Time. The sessions are recorded and captioned for accessibility. The previous sessions are listed on our Archive page.

The next Midday will be on February 15th. The speaker is Caitlin Sticco, an NLM 2nd year Associate Fellow, who will cover the development of a prototype tool for partially automating gene indexing called the Gene Indexing Assistant.

To attend Midday, please register at! or here.

Future Midday topics will cover Evidenced-based Practice, e-Science and PubMed Health.  To suggest a topic, send an email to Kay Deeney, Educational Services Coordinator at


Webinar on Caregiver Resources

Please join us Thursday, January 19, 2012 for an Infopeople webinar on Caregiver Resources.

Start Time:  12 Noon Pacific

Presenter: Kelli Ham

Infopeople will be hosting this free, hour-long webinar. Registration is ONLY done on the day of the event on the WebEx server, and no passwords are required. For more information and to participate, go to

If you are unable to attend the live event, you can access the archived version the day following the webinar. Check Infopeople’s archive listing at:

For Tips and Registration Information, please go to

Caregiver Resources

A recent study on caregiving reported a startling statistic: during any given year, more than 65 million people, (nearly 30% of the U.S. population), provide care for a chronically ill, disabled or aged family member or friend and spend an average of 20 hours per week providing that care. Other findings show that these efforts take numerous tolls on caregivers, including extraordinary time demands, financial burdens, and the physical and mental health status. Impacts on employers and the workplace are significant, in terms of lost productivity, reduced time at work, and increased health care costs.

This webinar will give library staff practical knowledge about the information needs and the role of the caregiver.

At the end of this one-hour webinar, participants will:

  • Understand the spectrum of caregiving topics, from daily tasks to the issues and challenges facing people who are in caregiver situations
  • Be aware of caregiver resources for specific conditions, such as Alzheimer’s disease
  • Be able to find resources regarding financial issues and housing decisions
  • Be able to provide support resources for the health and wellbeing of the caregiver

This webinar will be of interest to public library staff, including reference librarians or reference desk staff, adult and teen services librarians, and staff from organizations who provide health information to consumers and members of the public.


NLM Technical Bulletin Gets a New Look!

Beginning with the 2012 issues, the NLM Technical Bulletin has been redesigned with a new look. Even though the content will be designed and organized differently, you will still find the same useful information about new and existing NLM products and services. Published articles are not copyrighted and are freely reproducible. The redesigned homepage is divided into five sections:

Articles: detailed, new, and useful information for searching NLM systems
In Brief: short, informative articles that do not require in-depth explanation
Updated Web Resources: link directly to recently updated Web pages relevant to searching and NLM data
NLM News Announcements: topics selected especially for NLM Technical Bulletin readers
Most Popular: the top three articles readers are using

There are two separate online indexes, one covering 1997 to the present, and the other with coverage from 1979 through 1996. In addition, three specialized indexes include articles published about PubMed, Environmental Health & Toxicology, and the Unified Medical Language System, grouped together by topic.

There are three easy ways to stay current and be alerted when a new NLM Technical Bulletin article is published:

Get E-mail Updates: Receive a daily e-mail alert if an article is published or updated
Subscribe to RSS: Receive a feed for the Technical Bulletin as well as the NLM Web site
NLM-Announces: Join this e-mail list to receive a weekly notification of new or recently added content on the NLM Web site, including NLM Technical Bulletin articles

A recently published article describes the redesign and includes accompanying illustrations.